Dr. Richard Land

House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood, SES’s Upcoming Conference Addresses the Evils of Abortion

September 24, 2015

Southern Evangelical Seminary Prepares for Annual Apologetics Conference That Will Address Nearly Every Headline of the Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—This summer, the Center Medical Progress has shined a light on the ugly and savage underbelly of the abortion industry by releasing a series of 10 videos exposing the barbaric practices of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

And in response, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to defund Planned Parenthood for a year. Now, the matter awaits a Senate vote.

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) is planning its 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 16-17. And at the conference, several speakers will address the many headlines surrounding abortion and Planned Parenthood.

“These past few months have exposed the abortion industry for what it really is—a murderous mill that has taken the lives of nearly 57 million babies since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision,” said SES President Dr. Richard Land. “Abortion leaves emotional and spiritual scars on mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, extended families and society as a whole. The ever-expanding concentric circles of death and destruction emanating from the abortion industry illustrate that ideas do have consequences. The wholesale disregard for the value of each human life has led directly to chopping up fully viable babies, so they can have their tiny organs and body parts harvested and sold for monetary gain, all in the name of macabre research.”

Several speakers at the upcoming SES conference will address the evils of abortion, including:

The theme of the 2015 conference is “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence,” and top-name speakers, besides Land and those addressing abortion headlines, include Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (via pre-taped video interview), Frank Turek, Ryan Anderson, Michael Brown, Josh McDowell, Jay Richards, Hugh Ross, Norman Geisler, Paige Patterson, Derwin Gray, Gary Habermas and Richard Howe, along with many others. To register, visit conference.ses.edu/registration.

  • Brian Derickson, who will talk on “Written on Our Hearts: An Introduction to the Natural Law,” will examine natural law as the legal and moral foundation of western civilization. Highly developed in the 13th century by Thomas Aquinas, natural law provides for representative government, equality among all men and a systematic God-honoring morality, as well as a philosophical basis for conservative morality, equality, abortion and traditional marriage. Derickson has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy from SES. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. His academic interests include the natural law and political philosophy.
  • John Ferrer’s talk, “Thirty or So Arguments Against Abortion,” will cover traditional and non-traditional anti-abortion arguments expanding pro-life apologetics into some exciting and promising new fields. Ferrer is an educator with Pantego Christian Academy, Tarrant Count College and Texas Wesleyan University. He has a bachelor’s degree in religion from Charleston Southern University; a Master of Divinity in apologetics from SES and a Master of Theology degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also finishing his Ph.D. He has participated in formal debates and panel discussions addressing theism and Christian worldview.
  • Peter Frish will speak on “Eugenics, the Nazi Party and Planned Parenthood: The Final Solution.” In a world where abortion is seen as a woman’s right, he says, Christians need to know all the facts when deciding on whether or not to support or decline support of the Planned Parenthood program. How should Christians respond to this growing problem, especially in light of the numerous scandals surrounding Planned Parenthood? Frish has a bachelor’s degree in history from Newbury College and a master’s degree in apologetics from SES, where he is currently working on a Master of Divinity degree in biblical studies. Frish’s passion is helping late teen and early adults come to grips with their faith. He has been a part of several missions trips to the former Soviet Union and Israel.
  • Laurie Stewart’s address, “Women, Human Rights & Christianity,” will be a part of the women’s pre-conference on Oct. 15. Stories about the discrimination of women, such as sex trafficking, domestic violence, gender denial, rape, prize brides, child marriages and abortion, are in the headlines every day. In some communities, women’s rights are protected by law, custom and action. In others, they are neglected or even rejected. Stewart’s presentation will explore whether women actually have any “rights.” And if so, where do they come from? The attorney, mediator and public speaker is a former self-proclaimed liberal feminist turned born-again follower of Jesus, and she now challenges women to re-evaluate the assumptions and presuppositions of a post-modern culture. As an attorney, she has worked in many civil matters, including defending traditional marriage and religious liberty.
  • Dr. Richard Land will speak on the “Imago Dei”—man being created in God’s image—and how this makes human beings different in kind, not degree, from the rest of creation and how that transcendent truth impacts virtually every moral issue facing our society today, from abortion to euthanasia and everything in between from conception to natural death.

Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.

Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on 235 stations on the American Family Radio Network and 100 stations on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in January on the NRB Network, and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” also reaches nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area on the Total Living Network. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, click here.

Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.

Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked as one of the top graduate programs for General Christian Apologetics by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.”

For more information on SES, visit its web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SESTwitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH. For more information about SES’ “Ethics in Emerging Technology” program, visit www.ethics.ses.edu.



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Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary offers a wide variety of bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.